Scottsdale students earn perfect ACT, SAT scores

Three seniors and one junior from Desert Mountain High School, 12575 E. Vía Linda, have earned a top composite score of 36 on recent ACT tests and one senior from Chaparral High School, 6935 E. Gold Dust Ave., has earned a perfect score of 2400 on SAT tests.

Michael Johnson, Miles Hoshizaki, Jake Ausdemore and Michael Goldstein were the students who earned the top score ACT score, according to a press release.  Additionally, Michael Johnson and Scott Mionis earned a perfect score of 2400 on the SAT.

“We are extremely proud of our students and their amazing achievements,” stated Dr. Mitch von Gnechten, executive director of Secondary Schools, in the release.

According to ACT, nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score, the release stated.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take ACT’s optional writing test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score, according to the release.

The SAT test is designed to assess academic readiness for college and tests students’ knowledge in critical reading, mathematics, and writing.  Scaled scores of between 200 and 800 points can be earned on each section, for a total of 2400 possible points, stated the release. Recent data from the College Board which administers the SAT states that only 0.02 percent of students earn a 2400 on the SAT in a single sitting.

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